After looking at the preceding chart I have to conclude our Canadian friend is simply a poor trader :-) Actually as we all know gold is a very volatile asset and pretty tough to trade successfully so his mistake was probably that he was trading instead of holding. Even priced in a strong (relatively speaking) Canadian dollar gold is still up 200%.
The next set of charts speak volumes about the global monetary policy.
Every country in the world is printing at a furious rate. No one is innocent.
Recently the Australian and New Zealand central banks are showing a bit more commonsense than most, but it's certainly only a recent occurrence as gold rose 300% before backing off a bit. Besides who knows how long commonsense will last? Probably only until politicians start to feel the heat again.